Today, the Washington Times has an opinion column by Andrew Breitbart about my own hope for 2012: General Petraeus for President. Given the rate at which O’Bama is flushing our assets down the federal toilet, we need someone who has experience in nation-building to put things back together after the Gang of One has finished disassembling the U.S.
I’ll admit I wanted to like Obama. He wasn’t my choice, but my choice wasn’t anything to brag about. So I was willing to give President Barack Obama the benefit of the doubt; I really did want to be pleasantly surprised. Unfortunately for all of us, the surprise was there, but there wasn’t any pleasure in it…unless you count watching someone make an utter fool of himself as pleasureable. I don’t. He is an embarrassment.
Every day we wake up to another witless gaffe by our elected leader. And every day we become a little poorer. More than three states have an unemployment rate of ten per cent and O’Bama has barely started with his demolition machine.
We could begin the story of Amateur Time with the inept choices he made for his administration. Daschle was a disgrace, the Treasury Secretary is a big-time tax cheat (the depth of his sins would’ve landed others in court). His commerce secretary resigned before he could even begin. His chief of National Intelligence turned out to be a paranoid anti-Semite. You have to wonder who is vetting these people.
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Meanwhile, Obama can’t make an extemporaneous remark. As soon as his teleprompter goes awry, he becomes stuck in the groove of his previous sentence. The man is not thinking, he is reading - and more likely he is reading what others wrote. If we don’t have someone in the front of the pack who can think and speak on his feet, we are (to use the expression of a previous president) in deep do do. In fact, we’re in it up to our knees and the level of swill is rising.
One commentator has asked him to his face if he’s punch drunk, this because the president was chuckling and smiling through his descriptions of the economic mess we’re in. I think his laughter was born of hysteria: there he was on national television, forced to answer questions without the aid of his teleprompter.
Those are my complaints. Breitbart has a list of his own:
Clearly, our national will is wilting away.
Following the tragic lead of Europe, too many Americans no longer want to engage our external threats head-on. And on the domestic front, we are confronting the economic crisis of our lifetime with the same full-steam-ahead spending-spree mind-set that got us into the mess to begin with.
We say: Let’s create more government dependency, reward the incompetent and print more money.
That’s doubling down on stupidity.
And stuck on stupid, to boot. How does he offend us, let me count the ways. Breitbart notes this particular goof:
I still can’t believe that the president of the United States traveled across the country - without his teleprompter crutch - and made fun of the Special Olympics on national television.
Now you could expect a dumb old WASP, unused to the chronic grievance of “special” groups, to stumble on this kind of mine field. But a black president? He’s supposed to have built-in antennae for unfairness, and if anything in life is unfair, it’s being born with mental and physical deficits. But no, Obama sails right on, comparing his prowess at bowling with a “Sped” kid (for our European readers, “special education” is a euphemism for these deficits, especially kids with Down’s Syndrome).
But Obama, sensitive and soulful, thought he was making a joke.With the rest of us, Breitbart moans with disbelief.
If Obama thinks that little faux pas is going to fade with time, he’s got a big lesson coming. This will cost him in the next election, as the You Tube variations are endlessly looped for the entertainment of the electorate he so cleverly fooled.
Breitbart lists the ways Obama is failing socially:
I can’t get out of my head that the leader of the free world gave the British prime minister 25 films on DVD that don’t even work in U.K. machines.
I can’t wrap my head around the fact that the commander in chief tried (for a minute anyway) to require injured warriors to pay to have private insurers take care of their treatment.
I can’t believe the president would allow the likes of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid to dictate the terms of his budget - and Barney Frank and Christopher Dodd, the symbols of government kowtowing to Wall Street - to be spokesmen for his financial bailout.
And did President Obama really produce a YouTube video to appease President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the mullahs of Iran?
Yes, he did.
These aren’t beginner’s mistakes. These are his core incompetencies.
Our President does not play well with others. This major failing will come back to haunt him, even as the gaffes, goofs, and idiocies continue to pile up in the corner, moldering and - after enough of them have accumulated - to begin to smell.
He has completely and forever lost the vote of those wounded warriors whose war injuries he tried to avoid having the government pay. Obama could go out tomorrow and build a new VA hospital out of his own funds (he and Michelle have managed to accumulate enough assets now to erect at least a small clinic) but he won’t get their vote. As the commander in chief, you never, ever try to save a buck on the backs of your soldiers.
His You Tube video to the criminals in Iran, his “secret” begging letter to the Russians (what? He thought they would keep it a secret?), his snubbing of the press at the Gridiron dinner, his barring of the white press during the presentation of a journalism award (voted mostly by white journalists) - all of these and the hundred more stupidities he will rack up in the months to come are going to bite him in the butt, repeatedly. The man has a tin ear for Washington politics. He was never around long enough to learn how to play the game well, and yet elective office is the only game he knows. There are Special Olympics children who could beat him at this one, too.
Breitbart admits he is freaked by this guy:
The media that got him elected knows it is responsible for the gathering debacle, and so Jon Stewart, a so-called comedian and exemplar of the groupthink of the governing elite, is desperately hunting for scapegoats. Now that their secular savior is in charge, the “Dissent is Patriotic” bumper-sticker crowd is figuring out ways to stamp out criticism.
I admit, I am now officially freaking out.
The last time I felt this hopeless was when the Democratic Party and its cohorts in the media sold us on the false premise that we lost the war in Iraq.
They didn’t succeed though. Vietnam taught the American public the perfidy of the American press when it comes to war reporting.
And as I do, Breitbart sees a glimmer of hope here:
His name is Gen. David H. Petraeus.
Less than two months into the Obama presidency, which appears to be lost somewhere in the Mojave Desert, I have decided to try to soothe my anxieties by placing my hope in a political surge.
In the election of 2010, Republicans should run heroic veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom who exhibited the will and fortitude to defeat the enemy and to rebuild a torn nation, even while too many of their fellow countrymen wrote them off.
And in 2012, the man President Obama’s staunchest allies called “General Betray Us” should come in with guns blazing and defeat the man whose only weapon to lead us to victory is a teleprompter.
I can’t remember when I had my own Petraeus moment. Perhaps it was when I figured out that Obama doesn’t like the General. Since I have found myself disliking and/or distrusting the people Obama chooses to fill his administration, it seemed a logical choice to turn to Petraeus.
The general is not only responsible for the success of the surge, but he has proven he can bring warring parties together, he has shown that he can bring people as stubborn as the Sunnis in Baghdad to the table. He has done this on too little money, too few troops, and the heavy-handed interference of the State Department.
Obama so far has only proved himself a fool. He may yet prove himself to be a knave.
Let’s repeat history and go with the victorious general. Personally, I’m more than ready for a return to capable leadership.
Meanwhile, we can keep a running tally on Obama’s hairball moments. It will give us some entertainment as he drives the country round the bend and straight into the cesspit.
Lord protect us.